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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Letter: Parents need info on standards-based grades

    Emily Parkhurst reported that Portland schools may move away from traditional grade levels and grades. In a standards-based grading system, there are many standards for each subject. Each standard is graded separately on a 1-to-4 scale. Students must reach level 3 (or proficient) before...

  • The Universal Notebook: Just call him Gov. Scrooge

    When Gov. Paul LePage unveiled his plan to drop 65,000 Maine citizens from the rolls of MaineCare last week in order to close a projected $221 million Department of Health and Human Services deficit, one of the online comments called the bad news LePage’s “Christmas card to the 99 per... 15

  • The View From Away: Don't sweat the big stuff

    Lately, I find myself being annoyed by little things, a lot of them so trivial it’s embarrassing. The big issues are too overwhelming; I’m like a minnow in the ocean. Take saving the Euro. Here’s what I know about European money: they use too many coins. Thick, heavy coi...

  • Forecaster Forum: It's an up-and-down life for artists in Maine

    The doldrums of winter have fallen upon those of us who create the art found at the many outdoor festivals that occur from May to December in New England. Unless you are a snowbird who has the luxury of spending six months in the south or west, where art is feted all year round, circumstan...

  • Letter: Tracks are for trains, trails are for people

    Both Falmouth and Cumberland have discussed a possible quiet zone implementation to come with the Downeaster’s new trains each day. Some residents have questioned how trains not blowing their whistles might affect safety for people who use the tracks recreationally. The improvements... 2

  • Letter: Scarborough needs limits on fireworks

    Scarborough recently rejected a ban on consumer fireworks, so that effective Jan. 1 it will be legal for residents to set off fireworks between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. 365 days a year. This is in direct violation of the existing noise ordinance, which states that “loud, offensive noises are proh... 10

  • Letter: Brunswick deserves better from rail authority

    For all of the "misinformation" Wayne Davis claims to find in Patrick Rael's Nov. 14 letter regarding Amtrak's proposed Brunswick layover facility, he agrees on two points: only in April were plans to locate the facility in Brunswick made public, and the original Downeaster plan provided only two...

  • Letter: Greely H.S. program appreciates support

    Upon reflecting about what the holiday season is all about, I would like to thank the businesses that have supported Greely High School's Employment for Education program. We have students in the life skills program who will not go the traditional route of college after high school. To support th...